The Republican party on trial

The failure to hold Trump accountable for the storming of the Capitol highlights the GOP's quandary and the possible reckoning it may yet face from the electorate.

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (centre), a Republican from Kentucky, off the Senate floor in Washington last Saturday. Former US president Donald Trump's second impeachment trial ended in a "not guilty" verdict on a vote of 57-43, short of th
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (centre), a Republican from Kentucky, off the Senate floor in Washington last Saturday. Former US president Donald Trump's second impeachment trial ended in a "not guilty" verdict on a vote of 57-43, short of the two-thirds majority required.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

A poem introducing a chapter of Sir Walter Scott's 1815 novel Guy Mannering sums up the desultory proceedings of the unprecedented second Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump better than any contemporary language possibly could:

But this poor farce has neither truth, nor art,

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 18, 2021, with the headline 'The Republican party on trial'. Subscribe